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Four star rated Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated just outside Oudtshoorn and en route to the Cango Caves on the famous Route 62. The lodge offers it`s guests luxury tented accommodation with sprawling views of the rolling hills of the Swartberg mountains, and a variety of wildlife.

We are proud to offer our guests unique opportunities to interact with our animals, the most popular being our elephant interactions. We invite our guests to interact with our elephants, and make memories together as a family.

Part of the South African Garden Route and Klein Karoo, Buffelsdrift offers you an escape to something spectacular. Experience an array of wildlife including Elephants, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo and over 200 bird species. We also offer African bush safaris, star gazing, meerkat safaris, elephant feeding, walking and grooming experiences and a lion feeding experience. Pristine bushveld, lush vegetation and a 5 ha natural waterhole create a haven for a variety of game species and more than 217 bird species.

The luxury tents, conference venue, restaurant, gift shop and wedding chapel are on the edge of the waterhole and offer breathtaking views of the Klein Karoo. Trained guides will escort guest on an early morning or later afternoon bush safari with a pit stop at one of the lookout points.

Each of the 29 free-standing luxury tents offers beautiful views over the waterhole and to the Swartberg Mountains. Simply and stylishly decorated, Buffelsdrift not only offers guests a true bushveld experience, but the real comforts of luxury accommodation. Buffelsdrift also has 24 hour on-site service, with friendly staff to cater for your every need.

Buffelsdrift truly strives to bring guests the best accommodation and dining experience in Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route and Klein Karoo. A true African experience, with a touch of comfort and luxury.

Bird watchers will have a great time viewing the bird life in the area.

The Restaurant offers an la carte or buffet menu that specializes in local Karoo cuisine, fresh produce and herbs from the area as well as a variety of freshly baked oven bread. The selected wine list is a true representation of excellent South African wines.

The Spa:
The Spa at Buffelsdrift has 4 permanent therapists onsite that are professionally trained to provide the feeling one gets of being in nature with a relaxing and revitalizing treatment. Enjoy views of the Swartberg mountains, as well as our free roaming wildlife while we pamper you during your stay with us.

This Wedding venue is unique for its setting, breathtaking views of the Swartberg Mountains, vast Klein Karoo plains and blue skieswhich become a natural backdrop for photos. The chapel is situated on the edge of the water hole with a wide wooden deck as an extension to the restaurant and this creates a beautiful space for wedding guests.

Residents Swimming Pool:
A residents-only swimming pool with deck chairs is conveniently located near the tents. The pool overlooks our waterhole and great Swartberg Mountains. To avoid disturbing the wildlife, no swimming is allowed in the waterhole. Fresh drinking water and towels are provided at the swimming pool hut.

Accommodation at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge:
The Game Lodge offers 34 tastefully decorated en-suite tents with full air-conditioning, a separate shower, with the waterfront tents each with its own entrance on the edge of the waterhole. Each has its own wooden deck overlooking the water where guests can relax, admire the view and spot the game. We also have 24 hour onsite service, with friendly staff to cater for your every need.

The luxury tents offer beautiful views of the spacious Klein Karoo landscape. Guests book in from 2 pm, unpack their bags before opting for a refreshing drink, a taste of the local cuisine or one of the various outdoor excursions that the Lodge has to offer or they can simply kick back and relax.

The environment is one of quiet solitude that offers peace of mind. The ideal place to read your favourite book, go for a long walk or simply appreciate the beauty of nature.

All our tents are equipped with: King Size or Twin beds, Fully en-suite bathrooms, Private outdoor hot water shower, Dual air-conditioning, Digital safe, Mini Bar, Hairdryer, Telephone, Tea and coffee facilities and Free WiFi.

Luxury Waterfront Tents:
Experience true African style waterfront accommodation in Oudtshoorn. Our accommodation (waterfront tents) are perfect for those who enjoy the closeness of the waters edge. The sundeck on each waterfront tent overlaps the waters edge and is the ideal spot to relax during your stay with us. Enjoy sun downers on the deck whilst viewing our free-roaming animals in the water and surrounding banks.

Luxury (Horizon View) Accommodation (20 units):
The luxury tents are set only a few meters away from the waterhole and provide an elevated view of the surroundings. They also have great views over the whole lodge area and is surrounded by true Karoo fynbos.

Luxury Family Accommodation (5 units):
The Family units have a spacious main room and a childrens room with a shared en-suite bathroom separating the rooms. These units can accommodate a family of up to 5 people. The family tents provide an elevated view of the surroundings and Swartberg Mountains and is in walking distance of the 5-hectare waterhole. True Karoo fynbos and bushveld surrounds these tents, creating an authentic bushveld experience. One might even be lucky enough to spot wildlife in the distance.


Take a bush safari in an open game vehicle to a panoramic lookout point where refreshments will be enjoyed while taking in the natural beauty of the environment and pay homage to the majestic Swartberg Mountains.

Walk with an elephant in the late afternoon to the waterhole and see the sun set on the horizon.

Elephant feeding offers an opportunity to interact with our elephants and get to know these gentle giants.

Elephant brushing offers the opportunity to experience an elephants natural, daily routine and also be educated on the importance of brushing an elephant.

Early birds can take a guided nature walk into the veld to appreciate the splendour of indigenous Karoo succulents and fynbos or catch up on their bird watching.They can also experience the incredible wild habituated Meerkats emerging out of their burrows on a Meerkat Safari.

The Lion feeding experience gives guests the opportunity to see our lions close-up from an elevated view point. A trained game ranger will feed the lions while guests view them and get educated on important aspects of lions in the general.

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Rooms and Units Available:

The Luxury Tents offers spectacular elevated views of the lodge and our surroundings. These tents are just a few metres away from the waterhole and are surrounded by true Karoo fynbos. Enjoy the beauty of nature and breath-taking views of the horizon.
Amount of similar units: 16
Sleeps 2 Adults

Luxury Family
Experience an authentic bushveld stay in our Luxury Family tents. Each has a spacious main room and a children's room with a shared en-suite bathroom separating the rooms. These tents are surrounded by Karoo fynbos with views of the Swartberg Mountains.
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 4 Adults and 1 child

Luxury Waterhole
Our Luxury Waterhole Tents offer exceptional comforts and are the perfect choice for those who enjoy the closeness of the water's edge. Experience hippos bathing right from your private sundeck that overlaps the edge of the waterhole.
Amount of similar units: 9
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Disabled (wheelchair friendly)
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Babysitting Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Wine Tasting
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

- 4 Weeks prior to arrival 50% of full amount
- 2 Weeks prior to arrival 100% of full amount
- Refunds will be approved by Management to comply with cancellation policy


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